Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast
is going to make the anti-gay anti-sex One Million Moms group very, very unhappy.
Although the main storyline involves a cursed man and his lady love -- how hetero! -- it will also include a subplot with a gay character.
Played by US actor Josh Gad, the character of LeFou is the sidekick for the movie's main bad guy, Gaston (played by Luke Evans).
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," explained director Bill Condon.
“He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
And even with the increasing number of gay, lesbian and trans characters in TV and movies, gay media is quick to point out that this is still big news.
“It may have been a long time coming but this is a watershed moment for Disney,” said Attitude editor-in-chief Matt Cain
. “By representing same-sex attraction in this short but explicitly gay scene, the studio is sending out a message that this is normal and natural -- and this is a message that will be heard in every country of the world, even countries where it’s still socially unacceptable or even illegal to be gay."
Disney seems ready to start seriously embracing the LGBT community. On Monday, the cartoon series Star vs. the Forces of Evil -- which is produced by Disney XD -- shows Star and her friend Marco attending a concert. They are surrounded by kissing couples, including two men and two women.
Anti-gay and anti-sex group One Million Moms sent out an alert about the smooching.
“Alerting all parents! In a first for the Disney Channel, a Disney XD show subtly displayed several gay kisses in an episode that aired a couple of days ago," the group said in an email release. "This is the last place parents would expect their children to be confronted with content regarding sexual orientation. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, and it is becoming extremely common and unnecessary."
We applaud these small steps, but it'll take more than a few subtle gay moments to really impress us.